We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a particular television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast and cable, providing a broad representation of the programs that are likely to be covered in a media studies course. While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered. Addressing television series from the medium’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. Read: Introduction / Table of Contents / Sample Essays Online View: Clips from the Essays Visit the Facebook page.
Author: Ethan Thompson,Jason Mittell
Publisher: NYU Press
A scathing and prescient look at television newsÂ-now updated for the new tech-savvy generation Television news : genuine information or entertainment fodder? Fifteen years ago, Neil Postman, a pioneer in media education and author of the bestselling Amusing Ourselves to Death, and Steve Powers, an award-winning broadcast journalist, concluded that anyone who relies exclusively on their television for accurate world news is making a big mistake. A cash cow laden with money from advertisers, so-called news shows glut viewers with celebrity coverage at the cost of things they really should know. Today, this message is still appallingly true but the problems have multipliedÂ- along with the power of the Internet and the abundance of cable channels. A must-read for anyone concerned with the way media is manipulating our worldview, this newly revised edition addresses the evolving technology and devolving quality of AmericaÂ's television news programming.
Author: Neil Postman,Steve Powers
Publisher: Paw Prints
This book covers the good and bad points in television viewing, choosing programs to watch, and understanding about commercials.
Author: Joy Wilt Berry
Publisher: Childrens Press
"Television Everywhere" is on the way. It's a generic term for using the internet to get TV to more devices in more places more conveniently - what you want, where you want, when you want it. It's far from a new idea. Plenty of futuristic notions of TV have been promoted in the past, usually by technologists with a shaky understanding of the television business. But this time Hollywood's content ownership combined with new, simple technologies could enable the television industry itself to take the lead and modernize television, while extending its economic life well into the future. More important than delivering TV through the internet is using the internet to retain and expand audiences for the TV we already have. That's what this book is about- why it's a problem worth solving, how to go about solving it, and how today's television industry will benefit from stepping in where cable companies, phone companies, and their technology suppliers are failing miserably. Aimed primarily at Hollywood, this book is for studio, network, and channel executives, producers, show runners, ad agency strategists ("digital" or otherwise), media buyers, and executives at ratings/measurement companies. We describe how Hollywood can both extend the life of so-called linear television and control the transition to internet-delivered TV, while building upon existing "starter" digital assets such as Hulu, or channel- and program-specific web properties and applications. Finally, this book is also a wake-up call to internet content and technology companies to take a fresh look at an old problem, using a comparatively new, low-cost set of approaches produced by the "Web 2.0" and cloud computing waves which emerged over the last several years.
How Hollywood Can Take Back the Internet and Turn Digital Dimes Into Dollars
Author: Andrei Jezierski
Publisher: i2 Partners LLC
Category: Business & Economics
Ein Jahr auf mörderischen Straßen
Author: David Simon
Eine Liebe, stärker als das Leben selbst ... Diana Bishop ist Historikerin mit Leib und Seele. Dass in ihr zudem das Blut eines uralten Hexengeschlechts fließt, versucht sie im Alltag mit aller Kraft zu ignorieren. Doch als Diana in der altehrwürdigen Bodleian-Bibliothek in Oxford ein magisches Manuskript in die Hände fällt, kann sie ihre Herkunft nicht länger verleugnen: Hexen, Dämonen und Vampire heften sich an ihre Fersen, um ihr das geheime Wissen zu entlocken – wenn nötig mit Gewalt. Hilfe erfährt Diana ausgerechnet von Matthew Clairmont, Naturwissenschaftler, 1500 Jahre alter Vampir – und der Mann, der Diana bald schon mehr bedeuten wird als ihr eigenes Leben ... Ein mitreißender, wundervoll erzählter Roman über Magie, Abenteuer und Romantik.
Author: Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag
This book won the Ohio Professional Writer’s, Inc. 2014 Communication Competition Award Now in its second edition, The Televiewing Audience is a user’s guide for the only household appliance that doesn’t come with one. Watching television seems relatively effortless – it is, after all, a major form of entertainment in the U.S. and overseas – yet this book argues that there is nothing simple about watching television; it is a learned activity which is in a constant state of revision and upgrading. Now more than ever, televiewing requires the generation and application of critical thinking to guide program selection, inform appreciation, generate greater pleasure, and inspire dialogue after consumption. This book is about becoming a more thoughtful and informed consumer, designed to shatter the anonymity of the televiewer, and to create a sense of community, for we rarely think of ourselves as instrumental in the televiewing experience or think of the experience as a shared event. Designed for courses related to broadcasting, media effects, media literacy, and audience studies, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the ways in which television influences the way we think about ourselves and our culture. It places us center-stage in the extremely complicated, competitive, creative, and costly endeavor that is television.
The Art and Science of Watching TV
Author: Robert Abelman,David J. Atkin
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Performing Arts
Discusses some of the good and bad aspects of television and points out safety factors to observe while watching television, how to choose a suitable program, and how to adopt a critical approach to commercials.
A Children's Book about Watching TV Intelligently
Author: Joy Wilt Berry
Publisher: Children's Press
From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience. Since first publishing his landmark Biographical Dictionary of Film in 1975 (now in its sixth edition), David Thomson has been one of the most trusted authorities on all things cinema. Now, he offers his most inventive exploration of the medium yet: guiding us through each element of the viewing experience, considering the significance of everything from what we see and hear on screen - actors, shots, cuts, dialogue, music - to the specifics of how, where, and with whom we do the viewing. With customary candour and wit, Thomson delivers keen analyses of a range of films from classics such as Psycho and Citizen Kane to contemporary fare such as 12 Years a Slave and All Is Lost, revealing how to more deeply appreciate both the artistry and manipulation of film, and how watching movies approaches something like watching life itself. Discerning, funny and utterly unique, How to Watch a Movie is a welcome twist on the classic proverb: Give a movie fan a film, she'll be entertained for an hour or two; teach a movie fan to watch, her experience will be enriched forever.
Author: David Thomson
Publisher: Profile Books
Category: Performing Arts
This book by two leading experts takes a fresh look at the nature of television, starting from an audience perspective. It draws on over twenty years of research about the audience in the United States and Britain and about the many ways in which television is funded and organized around the world. The overall picture which emerges is of: a medium which is watched for several hours a day but usually at only a low level of involvement; an audience which views mainly for relaxation but which actively chooses favourite programmes; a flowering of new channels but with no fundamental change in what or how people watch; programmes costing millions to produce but only a few pennies to view; a wide range of programme types apparent
Author: Patrick Barwise,Andrew Ehrenberg
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This readable, reliable book has been a trusted reference for nearly two decades and is now revised to include the most up-to-date information from today's television climate. TV Writing the Right Way! In this guide for every student of the small screen and every scriptwriter dreaming of breaking into the business, writer-producer Madeline DiMaggio hands you the tools of the trade. With dozens of examples from today's hit shows, as well as perennial classics, DiMaggio walks readers through the scriptwriting process, from learning how to watch TV like a writer to developing your script, pitching it, and eventually sealing the deal. DiMaggio answers the questions on every aspiring television writer's mind, with chapters on: The tools of scriptwriting Hooks that sell Creating the pilot Developing the episode, step by step How to create riveting characters Writing long form and cable movies Adaptations and collaborations Marketing your script DiMaggio combines her own experience with advice to writers from others in the trade, including agents, producers, animators, and more. This readable, reliable book has been a trusted reference for nearly two decades and is now revised to include the most up-to-date information from today's television climate, from writing for cable, reality, and TV-movie formats to the ever-evolving face of the sitcom. A must-read for anyone aiming to write for TV, How to Write for Television will continue to help budding writers reach their small-screen goals and will prepare them for working in the rapidly changing world of TV.
Author: Madeline Dimaggio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Performing Arts
The narrator tells the story of his neighbors' adjustment to life in America, as the three visiting Chinese graduate students are perplexed by the difference between Tide, Cheer, and Biz; Monday Night Football; and other American cultural phenomena
Author: Luke Whisnant
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Watching Shakespeare on Television looks at Shakespeare as a cultural phenomenon and at the videocassette as "text" - that is, as an object fixed in time as well as in its assumptions about its medium. Even films made to be shown at a cinema are also designed to become cassettes for the vast "secondary" market. H. R. Coursen's study of Shakespearean films and television productions includes such classics as Olivier's Hamlet and Brook's and Welles's King Lear, as well as more recent productions such as Kevin Kline's and Mel Gibson's Hamlets, Kenneth Branagh's Henvy V, and Peter Greenaway's version of The Tempest, Prospero's Books. Shakespeare's scripts are designed to be "open to interpretation." That openness is not the invention of disciples of Foucault or Derrida. The "meaning" of a Shakespeare script can never be fixed; rather, it is a temporal quality that shows how a script reflects, reinterprets, or reemphasizes the cultural and ideological assumptions of a particular moment in history. Shakespeare remains popular, as Branagh's Henry V, Zeffirelli's Hamlet, and a proliferation of Shakespeare's festivals prove. The energy known as Shakespeare cannot be isolated from the culture that constantly reappropriates the scripts and creates new audiences for them. Shakespeare "works" on television because television is a linguistic medium, and because we are becoming accustomed to the diminished scale of the television (and the videocassette), as opposed to the grander dimensions of cinema. Shakespeare survives domestication, but in ways that demand investigation about why and how the scripts can work on television, and about the nature of this medium when it is charged with Shakespearean energy. Watching Shakespeare on Television looks at Gertrude, a character often clear in performance even if "unwritten" in the script, and at Hamlet's disquisition to Yorick's skull, subject to a wide range of options and interpretations. Other subjects covered are "style" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, particularly the 1982 ART production; the advantages film has over studio productions; and editing scripts for television, with a focus on the Nunn Othello and the Kline Hamlet. In the latter production, long takes contrast with the quicksilver montage technique of Zeffirelli's film version. Another chapter examines Othello as a script demanding a black actor in the lead, and it looks at the Nunn and Suzman versions as cases in point. Closure in Hamlet is analyzed as well: television, the modern medium of political closure, tends to include Fortinbras, as opposed to film which usually excludes him. Another chapter evaluates Prospero's Books, where the importation of television to film tends to erase film's field of depth and results in no improvement, regardless of the trumpeted "technological breakthrough" of high-definition television. Finally, the book peers into the future of Shakespeare's moving image, with attention paid to Peter Donaldson's Interactive Archive at M.I.T.
Author: Herbert R. Coursen
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Category: Performing Arts
Full of enthusiasm, this guide sets out to convince non-believers that rugby is the world's greatest game.
Author: Spiro Bernard Zavos
Publisher: Awa Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest casestudies, Television in Transition offers studentsof television a guide to a medium that has weathered the challengesof first-run syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, majormedia conglomerates, deregulation, and globalization--all in thespace of twenty years. Examines a return in television programming to actionnarratives with individual (super) heroes intended to navigate thisnew, international, multi-channel universe Explores how television programming "translates" to new spatialgeographies: different nations, cultures, broadcast systems; anddifferent formats, distribution outlets, and screen sizes Looks at the value of a program's "afterlife," the continuedcirculation, repackaging and repurposing of programming beyond itsinitial iteration Blends institutional and textual analyses in casestudies of Highlander: The Series, Smallville, 24,and Doctor Who
The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero
Author: Shawn Shimpach
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Performing Arts
»Es war keine dunkle und stürmische Nacht. Eigentlich sollte es eine dunkle und stürmische Nacht sein, aber auf das Wetter ist eben kein Verlass.« Die Geburt des Antichristen steht unter keinem guten Stern. Eigentlich soll der junge Warlock von den finsteren Engeln Erziraphael und Crowley zum gefürchteten Höllenfürsten erzogen werden. Doch statt für die Apokalypse interessiert sich der Junge viel mehr für Baseball, seine Briefmarkensammlung und Kaugummi mit Bananengeschmack. Es stellt sich heraus, dass das Kind im Krankenhaus vertauscht wurde. Nun gilt es, den wahren Antichristen aufzuspüren. Zudem begreifen Erziraphael und Crowley, dass die Erde eigentlich doch gar keine so üble Gegend im Universum ist. Doch der Termin für den Weltuntergang rückt unaufhaltsam näher...
Der völlig andere Hexen-Roman
Author: Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Piper Verlag
Fire Stick Sale price. You will save 66% with this offer. Please hurry up! 101 Tips And Tricks How To Unlock The True Potential Of Your Fire Stick This guidebook is going to take some time to talk about how the Amazon Fire Stick works and what all you are able to do with it. We discuss how to get the Fire Stick hooked up, how to watch movies and television shows, how to watch some of your favorite music, how to bring in personal media that you created somewhere else and even how to use the Fire Stick as a way to watch some of your own photos and personal videos. Here is a preview of what you'll learn: The basics of Amazon Fire Stick What can you watch with the Fire Stick Using the Fire Stick to watch TV shows and movies Music, Video and Radio options with the Fire Stick Personal videos, photos and games on the Fire Stick Trouble shooting with the Amazon Fire Stick There is just so much that you are going to be able to do when using the Amazon Fire Stick. You will be able to turn it into your own personal media center in no time. And while there are other products out there that are similar, none of them have the wide range and all the features that you will come to know and love the Amazon Fire Stick. So take a look through this guidebook and see how easy it can be to use the Amazon Fire Stick for all of your media needs. Download your copy of " Fire Stick " by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now With 1-Click" button. Tags: Kindle, Kindle Fire HD, Fire HD 8 & 10, Alexa, Kindle Fire TV, Fire Stick, Step-by-Step Instructions, Amazon Fire TV, tips and tricks, Amazon Prime, Movies, TV, Apps, Games & More, Best Kindle Fire HD Apps, All-New Fire User Guide, from Newbie to Expert, Kindle Owners, Free Ebooks, free TV Series, free Movie, ULTIMATE Guide for Beginners, ULTIMATE Guide, Beginners Guide, Prime Music, Prime Subscription, Kindle Owners With Amazon Prime, digital media, digital services, web services, Prime Music, Prime Movies, prime TV.
How to Unlock the True Potential of Your Fire Stick: Plus 101 Tips and Tricks! (Streaming Devices, Amazon Fire TV Stick User Guide, How to Use Fire Stick)
Author: Alexa Walker
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative, resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as formulaic and convention bound. Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.
The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling
Author: Jason Mittell
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Literary Criticism